Adrian Peterson unloads on Minnesota

Updated 6:35 a.m., Feb. 20 | Posted 8:30 p.m., Feb. 19

Adrian Peterson, still sitting out a suspension from the NFL and Minnesota Vikings for beating his child, let Minnesota and the Minnesota media have it today.

In an interview with ESPN, Peterson was hardly contrite about the situation he put himself into.

“I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back,” he said. “But then again, I know the ones who don’t. It’s a difficult transition, and it’s not just about me.

“I have a wife who was able to sit back and see how people in Minnesota said this and said that, how media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren’t even relevant.

“That wasn’t people in Texas — it was people in Minnesota that dug in and brought things out. That impacted me, but most importantly, it impacted the people around me — my family, my kids. This came from the state I love so much, that I wish to bring a championship to? This is how they treat me when I’m down and out? You kick me?

“My wife (and I), we’ve had several conversations about me returning to Minnesota, what the best options are. If I left it up to her, I’d be somewhere else today, and that’s with her weighing everything. It’s a lot for me to weigh; she understands that. But there are some things that I’m still uneasy about.”

He said he’s going to pray about where he should play next year.

But the interview makes it unlikely there’s much of a prayer he’ll return to the Vikings.

ESPN’s Ben Goessling analyzes the situation without hardly mentioning a fairly important point — Peterson beat his kid.

But then the Ray Rice video was published, the grand jury decided to indict Peterson and the Vikings were quickly handed a harrowing decision: let Peterson play while facing felony charges, or put the face of their franchise on the sideline while the issue of domestic violence in the NFL dominated headlines. There’s no handbook for how to deal with those situations, and there certainly wasn’t going to be an easy solution available to the Vikings that left everyone happy.

When the Vikings reversed their original decision to let Peterson play and approached the league about putting him on the commissioner’s exempt list, Peterson felt stung. He called it an “ambush” Thursday, and he certainly noticed how quiet the Vikings were about him from Sept. 17 — when he was placed on the exempt list — to the end of the season. There’s no doubt Peterson’s actions set the ball in motion, and he’s apologized for those actions. But he felt his commitment to the Vikings had earned him more support than he’d received.

That’s how Peterson thinks and feels, and it’s why he is still uneasy about bringing his family back to Minnesota.

Minnesotans’ revulsion at child abuse isn’t a character flaw.

  • Tyler

    Maybe if he showed one bit of remorse about beating a child, or the slightest shred of comprehension that it is wrong, I would feel bad.

    But I don’t. Especially since he’s still getting paid millions of dollars to sit on his ass and smoke pot.

    • Reese

      Did you want a letter from him directly? He apologized to the courts, the mother, his son and the Viking organization and the fans…why are you so entitled?

    • Jeff

      I’m by no means defending the behavior, but at what point is the punishment enough? He lost millions and his reputation. He also had many good years with the Vikings as an exemplary player – does that count for anything? Or is there no redemption possible for this with many people?

      I think it will boil down to a business decision. If he won’t restructure his contract then they’ll ship him out. The die-hard fans want him back. I’m guessing the most vocal critics are casual fans at best.

      • Absolutely redemption is possible. And redemption is welcome, and i would argue that right up until last evening redemption was underway.

        The Adrian Peterson story at its heart is about child abuse, not football.

        • Postal Customer

          No, the Adrian Peterson story is about how there are parallel and uneven consequences in the court of law and the court of public opinion.

          It may be cliche to say that I would probably have served time for beating my child in the way that AP did. But because he’s wealthy, he can afford expensive lawyers who help get him off scot-free.

          Then there’s public opinion. It is simultaneously fascinating and nauseating to listen to largely white, incredibly dumb-assed football fans rush to the defense of a black man who whupped his child, just one of many children he has by several different mothers, with some of the children being unknown to the father.

          Under those circumstances, if it had been Joe Schmoe Black Guy in North Mpls, do you think a bunch of white folk would have felt sorry for that man? Of course not.

          As for redemption, let’s face it: most NFL players are there because they have more brawn than brain. AP certainly isn’t the exception to that rule.

          • Lynne

            That same theory can be applied to why Ben Roethesburger was allowed to play football too. He had talent and money and allegedly bought his way out of that lawsuit and back into football. But, Ben, of course, is white. So it works both ways. It’s NOT a color issue, it’s a wealth/fame issue.

      • Lynne

        If the Steelers kept Ben, and Ravens kept Ray Lewis, then certainly Adrian deserves another chance. I think he DID have true remorse, but he is not, and never has been, one to flaunt his emotions (any of them) publicly. I do feel he has been the focus of a media crucifixion, and probably will be the butt of their fury until a new scandal is more juicy… enter in the bogus deflate gate. Truth, justice, integrity NONE of it matters to the media…it’s just about the media selling their souls as they sell their stories.

        • // of a media crucifixion,

          how so?

          a major problem with the interview/article is it was very poorly done.

          If Peterson said a lack of support, he should’ve been pressed for what constitutes support.

          The interviewer simply wrote down what Peterson said. He did nothing to pin him to specifics that might’ve made his words be more clear.

          • Lynne

            I was referring the witch hunt that ensues once a story breaks..and all the MISinformation that gets reported, and the lack of media integrity to even PRETEND to filter out the untruths. Sports media – especially ESPN and the like – have ZERO credibility or integrity. More often than not, the stories (and additions to stories) turn out to not true, and in a lot of cases, straight out lies. So, keeping that in mind, I wonder just how much of Peterson’s case is embellished, exaggerated, created, just to pull in ratings. It would NOT be the first time.

          • Right, I get the terms. I don’t get the specifics. I’m unaware — and I’m only talking about MN media since that’s what AP kept referring to — of anything that would rise to these terms.

            Embellished, exaggerated, created — Again, specifics.

            He was indicted for a crime, he pleaded no contest to lesser charges, and the bulk of everything since then has basically been a union issue that seems fairly reported.

          • Lynne

            Well, there’s the problem. I’m in Houston, where he was tried. We heard everything from the boy was clinging to life, to his whole genital area being torn open, his butt being torn open, testicles opened, raw, and bleeding, and even 3 inches gashes all the way down his legs, etc etc etc (much of which was embellished, exaggerated, created). Then we heard Adrian had no remorse (which he clearly did) and the “leaks” in the press as to what Adrian was “thinking”. WTH?? Not to mention the camping out by media where Adrian was staying and the media circus in Minnesota following anyone close to him. This is typical media behavior. This is a child, all information should have been between him, the mom, the police, and the courts – to protect the MINOR child!! It’s a media sensationalized witch hunt. I am NOT saying he doesn’t deserve punishment..he got that and deserved that. The rest is just the media trying to boost ratings at the expense of a minor childs. Facts don’t matter, Integrity doesn’t matter, privacy to the child/family does not matter. It’s all about those ratings.

          • Yikes. I didn’t get that at all from Minnesota media coverage.

            // the media circus in Minnesota following anyone close to him

            Like who?

            // This is a child, all information should have been between him, the mom, the police, and the courts – to protect the MINOR child!!

            That’s a matter for Texas law.

            // It’s a media sensationalized witch hunt. I am NOT saying he doesn’t deserve punishment..he got that and deserved that.

            It’s no secret that anything involving the Vikings is eaten up by the news audience. No question about that.

            How would you have reported the story if you were in the business?

          • Lynne

            I should never be in the media business, because, since it concerned a child, I would not have reported it (publicly) at all. Crap, I’ll never be a journalist…I just don’t have the heart (or lack thereof) for it. lol

        • RichardOwens

          Thanks Lynne. I agree completely and tried to explain why.

      • Tyler

        My biggest problem with his statement is the implication that Texans do not condemn child abuse.

  • Jeff

    He doesn’t like it when the people of Minnesota “kick” him. How would he feel if we beat him with a switch instead?

    Isn’t there a rule in the NFL that you can’t do something to a child that would get you kciked out of the game if you did it to a player on the opposing team? If you can’t beat an opposing player with a switch (even when they are wearing full pads), you can’t beat a child with a switch (even if it is your own child and you are “disciplining” him)

  • Tig

    Last I checked the Vikes did him a favor putting him on the exempt list so he’d get paid. The nfl wanted to originally suspend him without pay. Now he’s complaining about Minnesota doing this to him? Sorry law enforcement was doing their job.

  • Anna

    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for a man who has children by five or six (or is it seven) different women.

    If I were a parent, he is not the kind of role model I would want my children to look up to and many young, black athletes idolize professional sports players.

    While I understand people parent the way they were parented, to hit a child with such force that it leaves bruises is child abuse pure and simple.

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Adrian Peterson has a morality clause in his contract. I suggest he abide by it.

    • Jack

      I am a parent. Luckily our child is now an adult and can understand the situation and draw his own conclusion.

      Time to move along Adrian.

      Welcome back Kevin.

    • Charles Barry

      I guess you must not be a Minnesota viking fan

      • Knute

        This is bigger than football. It’s a shame some people don’t realize that.

        • Linda Geving Anderson

          Exactly!

      • Nick K

        Statistically the Vikings aren’t any better when Adrian plays. Also, running backs have a shelf life and AP is just about expired.

      • Linda Geving Anderson

        He abused his child and now he is putting down Minnesota. It appears that the only people who excuse him are the football fans who see sports , Vikings and AP’s performance on the field as most important issue. That seems rather cold-hearted and a little shallow. Seriously, Is football really THAT big of a deal? I think not. I am a Vikings fan but I am not an Adrian Peterson fan. I am still shocked at the way he disciplines his toddler and just as shocked at people who excuse it!

  • John O.

    Yo! Adrian! Don’t let the door hit you on your tookus when you leave.

  • I really don’t think there are many of us Minnesotans that are going to feel too much sympathy for Peterson. It must suck to have the media turn it’s back on you, but I think that athletes convicted of crimes should be held to certain standards – especially someone who beats their child(ren). So sorry, not sorry Adrian. You’re lucky the Vikings suspended you with pay.

    Besides, it’s not like he missed out on a change at the Super Bowl or a division title…

    Edit: I just wanted to say that I loved the closing line of this post.

    • Knute

      Seconded (loved the closing line)!

  • MrE85

    “He said he’s going to pray about where he should play next year.”

    Samuel Johnson was wrong. The last refuge isn’t patriotism, after all.

    • Scott Strehlow

      Given that apparently his religion not just OKs, but encourages beating your children, perhaps he might want to find some other moral or ethical framework for figuring out where to play.

  • Midge

    Why do I feel like this is a marketing ploy? “If I make it seem like I don’t want to play in MN. Then they will pay me my full contract”
    If I make it seem like I love MN and I’m back with the Vikings. They will want me to restructure my contract.
    Maybe we should stuff Dollar bills in your mouth while we beat you! Freak’n idiot.

    • If you give Peterson credit for smart — and I’m not, I’m just saying if you do — then the barrage is intended to move the Vikings to release him so he can sign with Dallas.

      I’m guessing it’ll work;the Vikings can’t bring him back now. There’s no redemption going on here.

      And the Vikings aren’t going to pay his type of salary anyway.

  • Mike Hughes

    He deserves everything that has come from this. I’m sure it’s uncomfortable having your dirty little issues brought to light – but probably not nearly as uncomfortable as a switch across the testicles. Asshole.

  • Linda Geving Anderson

    Well said, Tyler. I completely agree.

  • Sports Finatic

    Come on guys give the man a break. He did the crime and served the time. The media, nfl, and public should not concern ourselves with his private life. Yes he made a mistake, but what was done was done and there is no way to change the past. I am almost 100% sure AP will make more mistakes in his lifetime, however anyone who does not know him personally really and truly does not have a right to judge his actions. AP is human just like the rest of us and deserves the same chance that we have to deal with his issues out of the public eye. Therefore I agree with him upon his response to the media. If you gonna kick the man don’t be spineless and hit him while he is down.

    • Tell me again what the media did that was wrong?

    • John

      He made a mistake. I would have cut him a break if he had shown any remorse, or acknowledged that he made a mistake. He did not.

      I can, and will, judge his actions. Hitting your child across the testicles with a switch is not an acceptable action. It wasn’t before he did it, it isn’t now. He can go to Dallas, or anywhere else. Frankly, I’d prefer he went to prison. I could care less. Some things (actually, most things) are more important than football. Five year old kids are one good example.

  • KingofStp

    I’m born & raised in MN so my roots with the Vikings is 37yrs old. I know losing 1 faithful fan doesn’t make a difference to the organization. But I honestly would lose my dedication to the team of they didn’t do everything in their power to bring AP back. He is human & made a mistake, now it’s time to move past that situation & focus on making sure he makes better decisions in all aspects. I don’t feel he is playing a victim but is correct when feeling the organization should of been more supportive considering what he has brought to the franchise as well as the NFL as a whole. The best RB to ever play the game & 1 incident has shied everyone from the positives that came from him. AP if you or your wife & family see this. I ask that you give us another chance & remain humble in response to how some treated you. We have haters no matter how good we are & people like to attack when a person is down. Keep in mind the fact that not all fans felt the way a few did. Come back, smash ur records & be the come back story of the year. I bet any type of money if you come back & put aside what happened or how you were treated. You will be the better man for it. Everyone will forget the negatives & be talking about how your running better than ever. Never allow the negatives to change who you are or effect your play on the field. Your a good man & you know as well as I do. Them who turned their backs on you were more concerned about $ then how they truly felt about you.
    Come back bro & do your thing, tell the family we are here for you. Minnesota & the King of St. Paul supports you 110%

    • I think that’s an honest — and incredibly frightening — response.

      What should the organization’s response have been? Because they had two of them.

      • Kingof Stp

        They did what was best for the organization at the time & I am a business man so I understand. However, they could of be more supportive & made sure AP knew that they had his back 100% allowing the legal process to work & not passing judgement upon him.
        They should of states more than once until it was felt by everyone that AP is a Viking & will remain a Viking. All these trade rumors or what to do with his contract. The organization could of our those rumors to rest when they pooped up. The MN media should of did a better job with how the reported the story. They treated him like he was a no body when the truth is he gave them much to talk about in a positive light.
        In the end it’s about sponsors & $ that was being taken away cause the Vikings organization was supporting AP. It’s a business & AP understands that so hopefully he understands that regardless of how things were done & they could of been done in a more proper fashion. He made a mistake, he apologized, he & his family moved on. Now who are we to continue on beating up a dead issue? We must move on too & work on rebuilding any damage reships or mistakes made in both ends. His family has a right to question MN but then again. If he moves on to another team, a fresh start may seem like the best answer. But to leave here without accomplishing that goal set from the time he became a Viking. It will haunt him dearly & he won’t know that until it’s too late.
        It’s time to move on & focus on getting back to loving football & enjoying the talents he presents on the field.

        • KingofStp

          I apologize a ton of spelling errors & my phone typed in wrong words but you get the point.

      • Jerry

        It’s amazing what people will forgive in the name of talent, and it’s not limited to the nfl or sports in general. Look how many defenders Roman Polanski still has, to cite one of the more egregious examples.

    • John

      I hope he never comes back. He made a mistake, but he also has shown no remorse, nor any acknowledgement that he made a mistake. I can do without that.

      I also don’t believe for a second that it was only one incident. I believe it was one incident where he got caught.

    • Jay T. Berken

      Do you think the Patriots are supporting Aaron Hernandez enough? He is human and was caught making the mistake once.

      • Heh. Belichick cuts guys for being late for practice. Once. Murder was a no-brainer. Child abuse is somewhere between the two.

      • Kingof Stp

        Honestly no, but those charges are at a different level & people will attack the team of they did support Hernandez.
        I hope the best for him & every man is innocent until proven guilty. So I believe the team is allowing due process to work & staying out of the whole situation which allows Hernandez to receive a fair trail in a sense.

        • they did not support Hernandez. He was cut within minutes of his arrest and issued this statement:

          “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

          On the day his home was searched — about 8 days earlier — a Patriots spokesman said:

          “I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation,”

          The Patriots never issued a statement of support, never talked about “getting it right” and never changed their mind nor looked back even though football considerations — including a salary cap hit — beckoned.

        • “innocence until proven guilty” is only a judicial standard. It has nothing to do with the rights of an employer.

  • Mnstorm99

    The punishment from the NFL has been excessive IMO. I have always been an AP fan, and believe he is an honest man. Seems he has not tried to hide anything, but who knows.
    But, with that said, he beat a child. I could care less about his upbringing, he didn’t discipline his child (a couple swats), he BEAT his 4 year old son. I do not want him on my favorite team anymore. I cringe everytime I see a child wearing an AP jersey. I personally just want this to be over.

  • Steve Ford

    Adrian is toast. It’s one thing to beat your kids but when you talk trash about Minnesota, well it’s like drawing Mohammad.

  • Just to interject: When you use phrases like “kick a man when he’s down” or “media being more supportive,” please be specific about what you mean and how, if you were a member of the media, you would have reported things vs. how it was reported.

    Because, if we’re going to go back and analyze the reporting, this is what we’re talking about here, and I don’t know how to put a postive, supporting spin on it and I’ve been doing media thing for more than 40 years.

    • Knute

      Game. Set. Match.

  • RichardOwens

    Adrian was not treated fairly, IMHO. The press called a “switch” a “Tree Branch” and acted like it was an attack on a little child when it was culturally normal in the community and family Adrian grew up in.

    This was common for Minnesota students too, back in the 60s we were regularly paddled for not much reason at all. Our coaches acted like drill sargents and cursed and broke us down, ostensibly to “build us back up as ‘Men'”.

    I’d venture a guess from talking to my friends from those days- as many as half the baby boomers grew up in families where corporal punishment was considered appropriate. It was the culture of our youth. It changed gradually, but many school boards argued loudly for the need to assert corporal punishment on students “to keep order” or a variety of other excuses.

    By his text message that started the scandal, Adrian knew he went too far. Maybe he was angry, but I don’t doubt he loves his kid and I take him at his word that he felt it made him a better person that his own dad switched him.

    Adrian, “Minnesota nice” includes fair-weather fans and HATERS, both of which we have in our fair state. It’s not all of us, or even a large number.

    They are just the loudmouths and those who don’t know the culture of our past or Black communities of East Texas.

    Don’t let them get you down. They have no perfection in their lives either. Their child rearing, if it exists, is far from perfect.

    • Jay T. Berken

      Am I missing the stories of today’s students needing to be kept in order because corporal punishment is not the cultural norm? Could you point me to those stories?

      • RichardOwens

        Today’s teachers are more apt to throw the kids out. See lots of press on which kids get suspended the most and for what. I think lawsuits stopped in-classroom discipline by teachers.

        No. You aren’t missing anything. Some parents still spank their kids.

        I never did, nor am I one who believes “spare the rod and spoil the child”.

        Sorry if I was not clear. I meant to say that ADRIAN comes from a community and family where corporal punishment is still practiced.

        I meant to say ADRIAN did not mean to hurt his son, he was trying to raise him the way he was raised.

        btw, Texas still executes people who are under 18, who have marginal IQs or mental disabilities. The culture in Texas is different than here in MN. I fully believe you will find believers in corporal punishment throughout the US, and in significant numbers.

        Check this out: http://www.businessinsider.com/19-states-still-allow-corporal-punishment-2014-3

        • Jay T. Berken

          “I’d venture a guess from talking to my friends from those days- as many as half the baby boomers grew up in families where corporal punishment was considered appropriate. It was the culture of our youth. It changed gradually, but many school boards argued loudly for the need to assert corporal punishment on students “to keep order” or a variety of other excuses.”

          This paragraph talks of nothing about Adrian. This talks about a culture inferring of a better time when kids were more disciplined. I know I will not change your mind, but I would like you to show me the data which would change my mind that corporal punishment gives us better discipline in our children.

          FYI, I do not live in Texas, but I do live in the U.S. and it makes me sad that there is a state that allows what Texas does in 2015.

          • RichardOwens

            I don’t think corporal punishment is appropriate in most situations. The parent, the teacher, the coach all need to teach discipline and boundaries, by whatever methods seem to work.

            Adrian was raised by a father who punished his kids with a ritual of sending them outside to cut the switch that would be used to punish them.

            I have been in situations where I had to restrain children, both as a teacher and as a parent. I never did any spanking for discipline or vengeance or anything.

            What is your position on this? Are you saying corporal punishment is good? I’m not sure what “data” to look for for you?

          • Jay T. Berken

            As a father of a 2 year old, I know that there are trying times, but I would not give her corporal punishment (e.g. spanking). I would never intentionally inflict pain (physical and mental) on my child to make them more disciplined. In my readings and mind, it does not work.

            Data = Scientific studies

            My dad went to a parochial school while growing up. I heard the story of a time when a number of students failed an exam including my dad, so the nun took them into the hallway and pair the students together and hit their heads together. Well, my dad did not have a partner, so the nun hit his head against the brick wall. Is that what you mean “to teach discipline and boundaries, by whatever methods seem to work”? My dad did not learn from that little lesson, instead in my mind it made him more jaded toward authority.This is a more extreme example, but I would not want to hear my kid’s teacher, coach or parent ever to do anything close to this.

          • RichardOwens

            We are in agreement about “hurting someone for their own good.”

    • I almost always saw it referred to as a switch. I did see a few stories that explained what a switch is, however, although many used the word “twigs.”

      The assertion that this was normal and cultural is betrayed by the fact that Peterson claims to have been repulsed when he saw what he did immediately after.

      There was a time when it was the norm to tie African Americans to a pole and whip them. That it was the norm in that and previous generations — that it was a culture of the past — was a poor justification.

      But, yes, I think it’s obvious the Petersons would be happier in Texas.

      • RichardOwens

        You want him gone Bob? He liked Minnesota until he needed support.

        FYI 19 states still allow schools to administer corporal punishment. I mention this not to justify hurting kids to discipline them, but to show the danger of the holier-than-thou treatment Minnesotans might be giving Adrian.

        You must know Texas is not a great place to be Black, but it might be a great place to be a sports star.

        I simply don’t want Adrian to think we all despise him for his mistake.

        • Do I want him gone? I don’t really care one way or the other.

          I think Minnesota was fully in the process of forgiving the guy up until the interview.

          Beyond that, I’m a Patriots fan, so we know that a big name running back making a ton of money isn’t that important to winning.

          I’ve generally been perplexed by why people still think it is.

          • RichardOwens

            Thanks for your engagement. I understand your ambivalence.

            I think he was treated unfairly by the NFL because of Ray Rice’s violence and the minimal NFL punishment dished out as an initial reaction. They felt a need to get “tough” after the Rice video embarrassment.

            Patriot fans know they had a murderer at tight end. His grounds for punishment will be established by a court of law..

          • That’s a legit issue — whether the NFL responds to public relations more than a sense of right/wrong (it does, obviously).

            In the micro, I’m fascinated — constantly — by just the tone deafness of people in the public eye.

          • RichardOwens

            These particular tone-deaf people were recruited, trained, promoted, and paid for skills honed while neglecting their overall education.

            The NCAA and NFL do not seem to help their players develop media skills. The NBA does, and it shows.

            The bottom line, these are young people who have been brought into a world they could not possibly be ready for.

            Too much money, too few humanitarian values, too much violence and permanent damage– maybe we are seeing the beginnings of the end of the “Coliseum Spectacle Sports” if players died prematurely of traumatic brain damage diseases.

          • I don’t blame the athletes so much as their agents and “people.” Peterson’s is just cashing the checks. He’s not doing much to protect him.

          • Jay T. Berken

            That brings up an interesting point, what if it was your star quarterback that has is winning? As a Packers fan, although it would sting, I would be fine in the long run if they let go our star quarterback if he had done something like this. I would look more highly on my team. But that is not this case.

          • Postal Customer

            If Rodgers did this, I’d want him gone. I wouldn’t watch their games anymore.

          • Like arranging for dog-fighting, for example. Although I’m not sure he was winning games at that point. Anyone?

            I suspect that with Jameis Winston coming into the league, we’re going to be testing some boundaries.

          • Postal Customer

            But the Vikings have nothing going for them, so they cling to the child-beater. I mean, you’d be desperate too with that empty trophy case.

      • RichardOwens

        https://www.google.com/search?q=adrain+peterson+tree+branch&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=adrian+peterson+tree+branch&spell=1

        HUNDREDS of articles referred to the Tree Branch, Bob.

        A very different image than a switch.

        • A lot of those search results mentioning tree branch are actually pointing out that a switch is not a tree branch.

          I don’t see a lot of Minnesota stories there, ‘cept for City Pages, about which I have no comment.

          • RichardOwens

            Trivial point. I merely wanted to show you there were many stories that referred to a TREE BRANCH (like a club).

            A switch stings. A club break s bones. Poetry.

  • Tony

    AAdrian is turning into an idiot, WTF? He !needs to shut his mouth and play football. Ha the bottom line is business which translates into $$$$$, and the Vikings are going to pay him more than any team is willing, so just shut the hell up, hold onto the football, and run like a Hall of Famer!!

  • RichardOwens

    [Slightly off-topic]

    This and other stories exposing the frailty and imperfection that seems to constantly afflict our “heroes”, our “celebrities”, our political and business “leaders” provides the internet commenters with a never-ending opportunity to feel superior.

    Everybody can be a smug critic.

    Everybody gets their chance to kick ’em while they’re down. Dirty Laundry!!!

    Thanks, internet, but I’m not so sure this is a good thing.

    • What does “kick ’em while they’re down” actually, mean, however. Peterson might’ve used that line and people today are tossing it around, but what does it mean? If you’re a reporter/editor/whatever, how would you have covered the story?

      • RichardOwens

        Kick em when they’re down is what our media industry does now for “clicks”. Everybody knows that.

        They attack anybody and everybody for offenses big and small.

        Sometimes they invent offenses. The treatment of President Obama might be just because of his particular nature, or it might be the beginning of disrespect for all authority being the new normal.

        If you peruse (for example) The Hill or Politico, you’ll quickly see more hate speech and gutter level provocation than most people my age saw in print their whole lives.

        that’s why I love NPR MPR and especially NewsHour. I hope we can keep them as a beacon.

        I have no background to advise or guide me in editing or reporting.

  • Lynne

    This is being reported by ESPN. Which, as we all know, is the new TMZ. So I don’t believe a single word of any of this.

  • gusraven

    He abused his child. He has 6 children with 6 different women; who knows, maybe more. Yet he continues to rant about his religious beliefs and the Bible. Enough! I would like to see the Vikings be a team we can feel good about.

  • John Petit

    Some people will hate him but l am sure down to earth Vikings fans still like him . He learned his lesson come back for your family and fans.

  • Michael John

    I’m from Minnesota and from the start of this I think the state has overreacted. I am not saying that I condone his actions, because I do not. However, he grew up in an environment that we can not understand, and in that environment came his world view on how to raise a child. Call it barbaric, but teachers can still paddle students in many parts of the South. We overreacted. We should have, like the liberal state we are, taken into consideration context. We failed him big time.

  • aseries

    Everything else aside he’s correct about the media here. I always remember how they beat up Dennis Green, the second best Vikings coach with the world’s worst owner for a boss.

    • I have to ask this again because nobody has answered. Play the role of reporter/editor. How should the story have been reported?